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Author Singer, Toba.

Title Fernando Alonso : the father of Cuban ballet / Toba Singer
Published Florida : University Press of Florida, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (264 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Prologue with Letter from Alicia Alonso; Acknowledgments; Part I. Antes (Before); 1. Always Ask Why; 2. Pro-Arte Musical, Yavorsky, and New York; 3. Alicia, Fernando, and Laura: Giant Steps across a Changing Landscape; 4. Musicals, Mordkin, Balanchine, and the Birth of Ballet Theatre; 5. Repertoire, Camaraderie, and an Étoile; 6. Challenges and Pilgrimages; 7. Autumn in New York, and a Dawning in Havana; 8. Ballet Theatre, a University of Dance, and More . . .; 9. Ballet Alicia Alonso; 10. El Maestro de Maestros, the Father of Cuban Ballet
11. Crafting a Curriculum, Sculpting a Style12. Legends and Lessons: Laura and Loipa; 13. A Revolutionary Proposal; 14. Batista's Blackmail Bid; 15. The Soviet Union Invites the Alonsos; Part II. Después (After); 16. Cuban Revolution Triumphs-and Invests in Ballet!; 17. Constructing Ballet Schools, Extending the Revolution; 18. International Recognition Abroad, at Home, on Film, and in Print; 19. Camagüey: The Center of Gravity Shifts; 20. Révérence; Part III. Recuerdos (Recollections); Introduction; Aurora Bosch; Carlos Acosta; Azari Plisetsky; Ramona de Sáa; Lázaro Carreño and Yoel Carreño
Appendix H: Revolutionary Government Statute to Guarantee National Ballet and Law 812Chronology; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Tania VergaraMenia Martínez; René de Cárdenas; John White; Lorena Feijóo and Lupe Calzadilla; Jorge Esquivel; Lorna Feijóo and Nelson Madrigal; Donald Saddler; Grettel Morejón; Appendix A: Dance Magazine Interview; Appendix B: La danza eterna Interview; Appendix C: Address to the Assemblée Internationale, Toronto; Appendix D: Prizes Awarded to Cuban National Ballet Dancers, 1964-1974; Appendix E: Selected BNC-Commissioned Repertoire Works, 1959-1974; Appendix F: Elementary, Middle Ballet, and National Arts Schools; Appendix G: Proposal on Ballet
Summary Written records of Alonso's work are scarce, yet Toba Singer's quest to spotlight his seminal role in the development of the modern ballet canon yields key material: pre-blockade tapes from Lincoln Center, Spanish-language sources from the Museum of Dance in Havana, and interviews with the ballet master himself alongside a broad range of friends, relatives, and collaborators from throughout his long career, including his ex-wife, Alicia, a famous ballerina in her own right
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Alonso, Fernando, 1914-2013.
Ballet dancers -- Cuba -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813044022 (alk. paper)
0813045002 (electronic bk.)
9780813044026 (alk. paper)
9780813045009 (electronic bk.)